Sparkle Glitter Nails

I was at CVS today and I saw a bunch of shiny, fun nail polish. I don’t paint my nails very often, and when I do, I usually stick to black. But the glitter caught my eye and I couldn’t help myself.

This brand ‘Spoiled’ by Wet n’ Wild is awesome; they are only $1.99 a pop and they have a huge assortment of colors. Next time I’m in CVS, I might just have to buy a few more fun colors.

Anyway, to get the fun white & glitter look, you need a bottle of “Correction Tape” (white) and “Trust Fund Baby” (glitter):

  • Apply a thick layer of Correction Tape and let it dry completely. (The nail polish is pretty thick, so I only needed one coat)
  • Apply 1-2 layers of Trust Fund Baby. It might take some finagling to get the glitter just right.

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Paper Mache Heart Ornaments

These take a little while, but they are a lot of fun. They make great gifts (I might have to re-vamp this for Christmas!) and look cute if you hang them on your wall or put a bunch in a fake tree.

Paper Mache Paste:

As far as the recipe goes, I was a little hesitant to use one with flour in it, because I didn’t want it to mold (although I hear if you add salt, then you’re good to go).

A lot of people also make the mix out of glue resin.

I chose the lazy way and just mixed Elmers Glue-All with water. When using glue, use 4 parts glue to 1 part water. These heart ornaments are small, so you don’t need a ton of paste.

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Materials:

  • Newspaper (in tiny 1/4″ – 1/2″ strips, and 1 8.5″ x 11″ piece for each heart base)
  • Masking Tape
  • Paint Brushes
  • Drop Cloth
  • Wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Pliers (for bending wire)
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylics
  • Thin Ribbon and/or Gold String
  • Scissors

STEP 1: Make Heart Base

Start with a 8.5″ x 11″ piece of news paper (note: I used a magazine page, but it will work a bit better with newspaper). Hold at a 45 degree angle and rip the top part about 1/3 of the way down.

Fold each size in to a round shape and tape down to secure shape. Then roll the bottom part in to a point and tape as well.

If anything looks like its going to pop open, put a little bit more masking tape to secure.

STEP 2: Paper Mache

Dip the little 1/4″ strips of newspaper in the paper mache paste (recipes above). Using a paint brush, paint them on to the the heart base.

Let it dry slightly, and do about 2-3 layers of newspaper over the heart.

After all your layers are on, let it dry completely.

STEP 3: Mod Podge

Paint on 2 layers of Mod Podge and let it dry completely.

STEP 4: Add Hook

Cut a small piece of wire (about 3/4″ to 1″), and bend it using pliers to make a tear shape.

Puncture the top of the heart with the wire, and push so that the widest part of the wire is just above the base of the hole.

Put mod podge in and around the hole with a small paintbrush. Let it dry and repeat.

STEP 5: Paint & Mod Podge Coat

Paint your ornament with whatever color your heart desires (get it?!).

Depending on the thickness of the acrylic, you will need anywhere from 1 to 3 layers. (My red was older and somewhat dried out, so it only took one coat).

Once it is completely dry, put another 1 to 2 coats of mod podge on top. Experiment with matte or glossy!

STEP 6: Add String

Two options here, so lets start with the gold string!

Stretchy Gold String Tutorial:

Cut about 8 inches of the stretchy gold ribbon (I’m sure it has a more sophisticated name, but you get the point).

At the top of the string, take about 1 inch of each end and cross them twice horizontally (like you’re going to tie a knot), and then tie 2 knots on top. Make sure you pull on each side of the loop below the knot so that the knot is completely tight and secure. Cut off the excess string.

With the non-knotted side, push the string through the heart hook. Then, take the knotted side, and slip it through and underneath the non-knotted side.

Pull it all the way through so that the knot is on top and you create a loop on the bottom around the metal hoop.

Your heart ornament is ready for hanging!

Ribbon with Bow Tutorial:

Cut 24″ of ribbon.

Pull it straight through the hook. If you have a thicker ribbon, you may need to pull it through with tweezers.

Three inches up tie 2 knots, and then a bow.

Pull the bow down to the metal loop, and then the top. (You can adjust how long of a bow you want by cutting off the ends of the ribbon tails).

Happy crafting!

Vintage Tea Candle Holders

These are so easy to make and they look great on my dresser! You can make as many or as few as you would like; four ended up fitting perfectly for my room. These also make great gifts or table center pieces.

You Will Need:

  • 3 to 6 Clay Saucers (the bottom part that goes under a potted plant and catches water– they are only $0.89 each at Michael’s, and I grabbed the smallest size)
  • 3 to 6 Tea Candles (depending on the above)
  • Flat Paintbrush
  • 1 Can Spray Paint for Base (fast drying, ultra-cover Metallic Alumium by Rust-Oleum works great from Home Depot)
  • 1 Color Acrylic Paint for Top Coat
  • Drop Cloth

STEP 1: Spray Saucers

Put down your “drop cloth” (a Trader Joe’s bag is totally acceptable) and spray one side of the saucers. Wait for them to dry completely, flip them over, and spray the other side. May need 2 coats.

STEP 2: Top Coat

Take your flat brush and dip it in the paint. Before applying to the saucer, dab it off a few times. Getting rid of excess paint allows for the streaky, vintage look. Also, older, bristle-y brushes work best for this, since they are already somewhat frayed at the ends.

When applying paint, go lightly at first to make sure you have the right amount of paint. If it gets too dry, dip it back in the paint and blot, as needed.

Go around the outside of the rim first, and wait for it to dry. Then put paint on the face of the saucer.

*Note: For the outside of each saucer, I dipped & blotted about 3-4 times, and for the inside, I dipped and blotted about 2 times. However, it really depends on the individual and how much paint you like and how much coverage you want.

STEP 3: Dry & Add Candle!

Let the paint dry completely, then put the tea candles in, light, and enjoy!

OTHER COLOR IDEAS:

  • Gold Base + Red Top Coat (oooh, romantic)
  • Silver or Gold Base + Black Top Coat
  • Silver or Gold Base + White Top Coat
  • White Base + Black Top Coat